Den belgiske konsociationalstat: The Consociational State of Belgium

Nicolai Privrat, Johan Otto Hove & Mads Øbro Thougaard

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is an analysis of how Belgiums consociational state structure influences the segmentation of the Walloon and Flemish sub-nations, through an examination of the sub-national communities, election results of 2010 and 2014 and the belgian constitution. The starting point of the examination are theories based on nation theory, imagined communities and consociational state theory. The project examines how Wallonia and Flanders differs from each other, through an analysis of the two regions and the Belgian history. From here, the project defines the two subnational identities, and how these two entities see each other. The 2010 and 2014 election is analyzed to explain how the consociational state structure influences the political currents in the two sub-national regions, and how the Belgian constitution manages to preserve a unified Belgian state, with multiple sub-national identities within it. The conclusion argues that the consociational state locks the the two regions within the federal state structure. Although the separatist movements, especially in the nationalistic political parties of Flanders, influents the federal system in a way that is unsustainable in the consociational perspective, and that these movements challenges a cultural and linguistically divided Belgium.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 jan. 2016
VejledereSøren Lund


  • Nation
  • Belgien
  • Flanders
  • Vallonien
  • Communities
  • Flandern
  • Fællesskaber
  • Flemish
  • Belgium
  • Wallonia
  • Subnation
  • Flamlænder
  • Konsociationalstat
  • Consociational State